To Horace Mann
let out time enough to hire a mob to huzza him as he went to the House of Lords.'
The few people that are left in town have been much diverted with an adventure that has befallen the new ministers. Last Sunday the Duke of Newcastle gave them a dinner at Claremont, where their servants got so drunk, that when they came to the inn over against the gate of New Park2, the coachman, who was the only remaining fragment of their suite, tumbled off the box, and there they were planted. There were Lord Bath, Lord Carteret, Lord Limerick, and Harry Furnese in the coach: they asked the inn-keeper if he could contrive no way to convey them to town. 'No/ he said, 'not he, unless it was to get Lord Orford's coachman to drive them.' They demurred; but Lord Carteret said, 'Oh, I dare say, Lord Orford will willingly let us have him.' So they sent, and he drove them home.
Ceretesi had a mind to see this wonderful Lord Orford, of whom he has heard so much; I carried him to dine at Chelsea. You know the Earl don't speak a word of any language but English and Latin8, and Ceretesi not a word of either; yet he assured me that he was very happy to have made cosz lella conoscenza! He whips out his pocket-book every moment, and writes descriptions in issimo of everything he sees: the grotto alone took up three pages. What volumes he will publish at his return, in usum Sere-nissimi Pannoni4 /
There has lately been the most shocking scene of murder imaginable ; a parcel of drunken constables took it into their heads to put the laws in execution against disorderly persons,
2 Lord Walpole was Hanger of New Park. Walpole.
3 It was very remarkable, that Lord Orford could get and keep such an ascendant with King George I,
when they had no way of conversing but very imperfectly in Latin. Walpole.
* The Coffee-House at Morence, where the nobility meet. Walpole.